There are many types of orthotic devices or arch supports available. They vary by materials and methods of making the devices. Fabricating an orthotic combines science and the physician’s medical knowledge of the foot condition. Orthotic devices are not just a piece of plastic just as eyeglasses are not just a piece of glass. There if so much more that goes into the process.
Here at Advanced Podiatry, we have used our current orthotic process for over 7 years and have developed a comprehensive process tailored to your special medical needs. We mold the devices to your basic foot structure and then make personalized adjustments for you condition. Our goal is to produce total contact with the bottom of your foot while supporting the arch. The materials are extremely thin and have a slight flex. They are excellent for everyday use and all sports at any level. The material used is state of the art and will last for many years. Adjustments can be made at any time.
Prior to making this type, we did use lab orthotics which require plaster casting and then lab fabrication. While these did work well for some people, our success rate and tolerability was much lower than our current orthotics described above. These devices do not use the theory of total contact and they are typically made of hard unforgiving materials with layers of added thick cushion. This makes for a difficult fit in most shoes. These devices do not typically mold as much into the arch and are actually highly modified after processing. They do not have your exact arch shape or height when completed. These devices are often not tolerated and end up in your closet.